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Ancient Greek jewelry 300BC | © Matthias Kabel/WikiCommons
Ancient Greek jewelry 300BC | © Matthias Kabel/WikiCommons
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Ancient Jewelry Collection On Display At Mykonos Museum

Picture of Ethel Dilouambaka
Updated: 17 December 2016
Today marks the inauguration of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades’s temporary exhibition titled Vanity. Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, giving you an extra reason to visit the vibrant island, often overlooked as a culture-rich destination.

A word of many meanings, vanity in its Latin form, ‘vanitas,’ meaning empty, hollow, useless, and illusory, used to designate symbolic works of art (paintings, sculptures but also jewelry) of the 16th and 17th centuries in Northern Europe that refer to the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Running until September, the Vanity exhibition is a thorough journey into the history of Cycladic jewelry and explores the links between ancient and modern Greek jewelry pieces and artifacts starting from Neolithic times until today.

Ancient Greek jewelry | © Matthias Kabel /WikiCommons
Ancient Greek jewelry | © Matthias Kabel /WikiCommons

The majority of the pieces in the exhibition, consisting of loans from various national museums and private collections, have never been displayed publicly. The artifacts include intricately ornate jewelry in gold, bronze, and silver as well as more simple pieces made from nonmetallic materials (think shell, bone, and even ivory).

The display will be supplemented with other pieces of art, such as paintings, to point out the cultural importance attached to jewelry.

The exhibition closes with creations custom-made for the occasion by major Greek jewelry designers such as Lito, Sofia Vamiali, Νikos Koulis, Deux Hommes, Venyx by Eugenie Niarchos, Ileana Makri, Ιoanna Souflia, Minas, Sophia Kokosalaki, Two is Company, Yannis Sergakis, and Elena Syraka.

Ancient Greek jewelry - 1st century BC | © Matthias Kabel/WikiCommons
Ancient Greek jewelry – 1st century BC | © Matthias Kabel/WikiCommons

Vanity is the fruit of the joint efforts of the Municipality of Mykonos, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and private donations and grants and was made possible with the financial support of the Municipality.

After Mykonos, the exhibit will then be displayed at various museums on other Cycladic islands.